5 Must-Watch Holiday Movies That Aren’t Your Typical Seasonal Classics

A stack of holiday movies.

There are loads of holiday movies that are all about the Christmas season. We all know the traditional classics, such as “Bell, Book, and Candle,” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” and the modern classics: “Love, Actually,” and “Home Alone.” However, there are more than a handful of great holiday movies that aren’t as well known as these beloved films. So, we’ve rounded up 5 holiday movies that aren’t “well known,” but are still classics.

1. “Kramer vs. Kramer”

While this film’s storyline spans a number of months, one of its more poignant moments happens during Christmas time. Also: The film’s overall story is about a man who learns to be a great single father when faced with the reality that his wife has left him and his son. It’s about love, family, and hope — the stuff we all like to celebrate during the holidays.

2. “The Man Who Fell To Earth”

Similar to the above film, this film only touches on Christmas for a bit. But the scene that depicts Christmas is pretty interesting, and shows the darker side of the holidays. (Hint: mass consumerism.) Now, this film isn’t for everyone. It’s very long, weird, and hard to watch at times. It is a sci-fi classic, however.

3. “Nobody’s Fool”

This is almost a blanket holiday movie — it runs from Thanksgiving to just after Christmas. The film follows an older, somewhat deadbeat father, as he learns to embrace his family for the first time in years, all while helping people throughout his small town.

4. “While You Were Sleeping”

This cute classic is definitely a family rom-com, but it’s pretty heavy on the quirky comedy. It’s a fun and easy watch, and also works as a New Year’s celebration flick.

5. “The Family Stone”

This is probably the most traditional, by-the-book holiday movie listed here. It follows a family as they celebrate Christmas (as in the day before Christmas, and Christmas). The family is quite dysfunctional, but pretty darn real. It’s a tearjerker, but definitely worth a watch. It’s got family drama, a few slapstick holiday dinner moments, and bizarre love stories.

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